Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New Putnam Jail Site Recommended

Putnam County's Land and Facilities Committee has now recommended a 14-acre site in west Cookeville as the location of a new jail annex. But a vote on actually purchasing the site will likely be put off until July to give county commissioners and local residents more time to get familiar with the property. The site is located off Holder Avenue, which runs south of Highway 70. It is adjacent to property that houses the Cookeville-Putnam County animal shelter, but is heavily wooded and not completely visible from nearby homes and businesses. The committee noted that the site already has water, sewer, gas and electric service availabe to it -- in part because it was proposed as something called the "Western Hills" subdivision many years ago. That subdivision, though, was never developed. The asking price for the property is $385,ooo, and the county already has an option to buy it -- if the full county commission agrees. The issue will come up before the county planning committee next week. The Holder Avenue site is being recommended after the commission voted last month against expanding the current jail on its present site.